Red Grouse In The Peaks
Red Grouse in the Peaks
The heaths and moors of the peak district are an eerie exposure of peat covered moorland sitting about 600m (2000 ft) above sea level. Large wind carved eroded rocks sit among vast plateaus and rock formations supporting a healthy population of Red Grouse. These iconic moorland birds make their home on these moors and are reliant on their camouflaged plumage to blend in to this habitat. They feed on the tender shoots of the heather that cover the majority of the moorland, and at certain times of the year the heather forms a pink blanket of colour.
These one day workshops will run all year and I will take you to those places I have found over time, to be some of the best places to see and photograph this beautiful bird within their natural moorland habitat.
An early start to maximise your opportunities to capture this bird as the moors awake. We will then get in to place to capture some lovely images. Green, camouflaged clothing is necessary due to the nature of this bird. I will demonstrate and guide you through various field craft skills and techniques that will help you to get closer to this bird and in turn enabling you to get the best possible images.
I will go through the correct camera settings, simplifying anything that you don’t understand. I will also show you important tracking tips that you can take away with you and implement yourself, improving and increasing your overall photographic opportunities and in turn images. Mountain Hares, Golden Plovers and Curlews are some of the other species that we may also encounter and the day will last from dawn till dusk.
I will show you the field craft skills I use myself which in turn will help you in your own photography. Examples of what I will show you can be seen by clicking here from a recent article I had published.
The walk to the Red Grouse will be over uphill, uneven terrain. Waterproof walking boots are essential. A reasonable level of fitness is required, but its a nice, pleasant walk.
The weather in the Peak District is a mixture of mist, fog, rain and sunshine, and during winter month’s also snow, so appropriate waterproof, warm clothing is necessary. Waterproof housing for your camera and lens covers is a must as rain can be upon you in minutes.
You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, a 500mm lens is ideal but a 300mm with convertors should meet your needs A tripod is also essential. The landscape of the Peak District will present you with many opportunities so if you have a wide angle lens then this would also give you a chance to capture some beautiful landscape images.
Saturday 21st April 2018
Friday 4th May 2018
Saturday 26th May 2018
Friday 15th June 2018
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Friday 20th July 2018
Friday 3rd August 2018 - Flowering Heather
Saturday 4th August 2018 - Flowering Heather
Friday 10th August 2018 - Flowering Heather
Saturday 11th August 2018 - Flowering Heather
£300.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 1 ratio
£200.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 2 ratio
All dates/days are flexible, should the dates or days stated NOT suit you then please email me with your alternative date/day(s)
Discounted rates for more than two people and groups of up to four participants are available, email me for more details.